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Vol. VIII.— No. 1. 

Lessons in Practical Writing. 

By a. H. HiNMAN. 

Copyrighted by A. H. Hinmi 

Skill in any a 
directed efforts, 
writing lies in 

directed by the inind. 
is the result of properly 
The secret of success in 
careful study of correct 
observance of them 
during practicp. We have full faith that 
if all who desire improved penmanship will 
study and carry out the instructions in this 
and future lessons they will be well re- 
warded. Fair writing, like " Fair Lady," 
will not be won by faint heart or indiffer- 
ence. The many little attentions suggested 

tion gives power, and as an aid to writing 
the feet should always be flat upon the 
floor. The body should lean slightly for- 
ward and to the left about five degrees 
from perpendicular, with the breast about 
one inch from the desk. The seat and desk 
should be adapted to the needs of the stu- 
dent. The top of the desk should be even 
with the elbow of the writer, as his arm 
hangs at his side. The position for copy- 
books upon narrow desks is the right side 
at the desk. 

Tar Copy Books 

For writing upon large books, the left 
side is best. 

PD5il(on for BDok-Keepers. 

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While writing, the eyes shqujd be fro 

twelve to eighteen inches from the point of 
the pen, the distance depending upon the 
size of the person. The light falling upon 
the paper should come from the left side of 
the writer, and in the evening should be 
lamplight instead of gas. The position of 
the riglitarm should he well out from the 
body, while the hands should come to- 
gether on the paper at a right angle well 
away from the breast. The left should 
hold the paper, and the other the pen. 

In holding the pen, the back of the 
thumb should be bent nearly to a right 
angle, and the second finger bent so as to 
bring it nearly opposite the thumb. 

The forefingers should reach beyond all 
other fingers, the end being about one inch 
from the point of the pen. The forefinger 
nail, the lower part of the thumb and wrist, 
should he upon a straight line, and with 
adults one inch above the paper. The 
second and third fingers sliould always be 
separated, while the third and fourth fin- 
gers should bend beneath the hand never to 
rest, but always to slide with a lightness of 
touch equal to that of the pen. The pen- 
holder should cross opposite the knuckles, 
the upper end pointing at or a little below 
the right shoulder. The penholder will 
balance better iu the hand by being short- 
ened one inch hack of the knuckles. The 
penholder should be held lightly between 
the thumb and fingers, gripping it only at 
the instant of making a shade. Both ribs 
of tlie penholder should rest evenly upon 
the paper, while the more erect the pen is 
held the finer will be the line. The pen- 
holder should be of light wood, with the 
pen-clasp always firm upon it. 

As the above instructions are presented 
as reliable aids to good writing, it may be 
of value to some readers to leam the re- 
sults of their violation. When the feet are 
crossed or placed in an awkward position, 
they do not give that firm and natural sup- 
port to the body which is essential to good 
writing. When sitting too far from the 
desk and leaning forward too much, the 
weight of the boiiy is apt to be supported 
in part by the right-arm, which interferes 
with ease and freedom of movement. Too 
much leaning may result from a desk too 
low, or seat too higli ; or, an uneasy and 
unnatural position of the hands and arms 
may result from a desk too high, or seat 
too low, cramped writing being the result. 
Throwing the head well over to the left, 
often deceives one into being pleased with 
his writing during its execution, but disap- 
pointed when viewing the writing squarcdy 
before the eyes. The head should, there- 
fore, he upon a line with the spine. Where 
the hands do not como together an 
easy support of the body is not obtained ; 
and when the hands are brought too near 
the breast the movements of the arms and 
hands are impeded. When the tiumb and 
second fingers are placed upon the pen- 
holder nearly straight or without heiug well 
bent, their movements are weak and feeble, 
and easy finger movement is absolutely 
impossible; while with the thumb and 
secoud fingers well bent, they are in the 
best position for straight and easy action. 
Tbe thumb well bent, resting against the 

sides of the handle, gives the power to 
make strong upward strokes in long letters 
with ease, simply by straightening the 
thumb. The sliding upon tbe nail of the 
littJe finger is practiced as successfully by 
skillful penmen as where two nails touch 
the paper. All experience proves the fact 
that, however difficult to acquire, correct 
peuholding is absolutely necefsary for suc- 
cess in producing easy and correct writing. 
The dropping of the wrist near to or 
upon the desk prevents the benefit of the 
muscular movement. This movement is 
most effective when the wrist is raised so 
as to bring the rest near the elbow. When 
the penholder does not point at or near the 
right shoulder, the hand is turned over too 
far to the right, bringing the pen's poict 
upon the paper, so as to cause them to 
move sideways. This produces imperfect 
lines and shades — besides, forces tbe fingers 
to do the writing without the aid of the 
muscular movement. The gripping of the 
pen prevents the limber action of the fin- 
gers required to produce the light touch 
necessary for the clean cut, smooth, hair 
lines so effective in fine penmanship. Be- 
sides, gripping the pen soon causes the 
head to ache, and is the main ciuse of 
writers' cramp. Au easy cure for gripping 
the pen consists in wrapping twine around 
tbe penholder where the fingers rest till its 
thiclcness equals that of a blackboard cray- 
on. Turning the band over to the right, 
while writing, is easily corrected by tying 
a six-inch pencil or stick across the palm 
of the hand, allowing it to project to the 
right one inch. 

Movements in writing are of four kinds : 
Finger, Muscular, Combined, Whoharm. 

The finger movement consists in extending 
and contracting the thumb, second and 
third fingers. This movement is used to 
advantage in very small writing, such as is 
used upon carefully written ladies' cards. 
The long, straight lines in loop letters, and 
letters ji, t, and d, are made with more pre- 
cision by contracting the fingers than with 
any other movement. 

7ic muscular movement is produced by 
action of the muscle near the elbow, as 
1 in the engraving of the arm and hand. 

This movement is used to advantage in 
very rapid business-writine. 

The combined movement is the result of a 
combined or simultaneous action of the 
finger and muscular movement, and is the 
chief movement used by the most skillful 

The wholearm movement is produced by 
lifting tbe forearm, and swiuging the hand 
and pen from the shoulder. This move- 
ment is used in forming large, bold capitals, 
and is aided in its development by practice 
with crayon upon the blackboard, as black- 
board writing is of necessity produced by 
the wholearm movement. 

According to Roman letters, from which 

original script or writing was derived, the 
general proportions of a letter are, 3 by 4 
— three measures in width by four in 
length. This proportion should, in our 
opinion, be recognized as the standard 
length and width of one space in writing. 
As written letters slant to the right, the 
correct slant may be ascertained by draw- 
ing the left and top sides of a square ; then 
dividing the top line into three equal parts, 
and draw a slanting line, as in example No. 
] below. 

Ex. No. 2 represents one space, or the 
opening between two slanting straight lines 
placed three-fourths of their length apart. 

Ex. No. ;J shows the letter n occupying 
three spares. The general direction of 
curved lines is seen, in n, to be diagonally 
across a space ; the spacing between letters 
may be seen in the M'ords that follow. 

In Ex. No. 4 the letters are one space 
apart. In No. 5 there is one and one-third 
spaces between letters. In No. 6 there are 
two spaces between the letters. The spac- 
ing between letters should always be uni- 
form, but according to the taste of the 
writer. Practice upon long words widely 
spaced between letters tends greatly to de- 
velop a free lateral movement. But care 
must be taken to make the letters correctly. 

In another lesson will be presented an 
alphabet with the general proportions of 
letters, one space, or three by four, as 

Send Specimens and Questions. 

It may be of future interest and advan- 
tage to all of our readers who purpose to 
make a special effort for improvement of 
their writing, under the tuition of Prof. 
Hiuman's course of lessons, to forward 
specimens of their present writing, to be 
placed on file for future comparison and 
reference. We would suggest tliat they 
be written as follows : 

" This is a fair specimen of my writing 
before practicing from the lessons given by 
Prof. Hinman through the columns of the 
Penman's Art Jowrnal," 

Give plainly the name and address. 

We are also requested by Prof. Hinman 
to say that he will take pleasure in answer- 
ing, through the Journal, any questions 
pertaining to practical \\Titing which may 
may be sent to him during the continuance 
of his course of lessons. All specintenB of 
writiug, and such questions should bo ad- 
dressed to Prof. A. H. Hioman, Worcester, 



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